Report: Libyans claim waterboarding, other CIA abuses
Human Rights Watch says the CIA interrogated detainees before handing them over to Moammar Gadhafi.
September 6th, 2012
03:13 PM ET

Report: Libyans claim waterboarding, other CIA abuses

By Chelsea J. Carter and Joe Sterling, CNN

An alleged new case of waterboarding emerged in a massive report Thursday detailing brutal CIA interrogations of Libyan detainees last decade before they were handed over to Moammar Gadhafi's regime.

Mohammed al-Shoroeiya "provided detailed and credible testimony that he was waterboarded on repeated occasions during U.S. interrogations in Afghanistan," Human Rights Watch said in a 200-plus page report.

The allegations directly challenge long-standing claims by President George W. Bush and his administration that only three terror suspects, none of whom were Libyan, were waterboarded during interrogations.

Human rights groups consider waterboarding - in which a prisoner is restrained and water poured over his mouth and nose to produce the sensation of drowning - a form of torture.

"While never using the phrase 'waterboarding,' he said that after his captors put a hood over his head and strapped him onto a wooden board, 'then they start with the water pouring. ... They start to pour water to the point where you feel like you are suffocating.' He added that 'they wouldn't stop until they got some kind of answer from me,'" the report said.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Central Intelligence Agency • CIA • Gadhafi • Intelligence • Libya • Libya
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  1. George Patton

    These claims, in all probability are true given the C.I.A. track record on how they handle their political prisoners. These obscene abuses are a national disgrace and must end! Does Barack Obama or any other right-wing thug in Washington care? That's quite dubious!!!

    September 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • :)

      Why, don't you know George, it's quite alright whenever "we" do it. Sanctimony and hypocrisy are the stock in trade of the sociopaths in Washington.

      September 9, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply

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